Obituaries 01-10-2018

January 10, 2018

Giuseppe Ghergurovich

Devoted father

Giuseppe Ghergurovich, age 90, passed away peacefully  on January 8 surrounded by his loving family at his bedside.

Giuseppe was born in Crno, Croatia to Marko Grgurovic and Tonka Grgurovic. He married Yolanda (Vukosa) Grgurovic and they shared over 61 years of marriage.

He was the devoted father of John Ghergurovich and his wife, Carol of Connecticut, Frank Ghergurovich and his loving companion, Margaret Dirck of Charlestown and Anthony Ghergurovich and his wife, Kristen of Stoneham; dear brother of the late Pavle Grgurovic, Zorka Grgurovic, Danica Vukosa, Anka Zekanovich, Yolanda Zadkovich and Pina Grgurovic; cherished grandfather of Jonathan Ghergurovich and his wife, Katlin, Jacklyn Tobin and her husband, Kevin, Jennifer, Joseph, Megan, Anthony, Robert, Joseph, Julia and the late Daniel Ghergurovich and adored great-grandfather of Alina, James and Nicholas. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Giuseppe’s life by gathering on Thursday, January 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home and again on Friday, January 12 at 8:30 a.m. at the funeral home before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston for a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass in celebration of Giuseppe’s life. Services will conclude with Giuseppe being laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery. Everett. For more information, visit:

Gerald Grato

Past employee of the US Postal Service

Gerald Grato of East Boston died peacefully on December 30.

A past employee of the US Postal Service, he was the loving son of the late Antonio and Julia (Kozowski) Grato, dear brother of Marie St. Pierre, Antoinette Haycok, Joseph and Frederick Grato, Robert Kozowski and the late Roger, Simon, Antonio, Eugene, Charles, Rosemary Thomas and James. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great and grand nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home  (Orient Heights) East Boston and Mr. Grato was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery. In honoring Gerald and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Salesian Boys and Girls Club, Byron Street, East Boston 02128. For more information, visit:

Frank Stibolt, Jr.

Former FED EX employee; Rigger at Bethlehem Steel Shipyard and at Boston Naval Shipyard during restoration of the USS Constitution

Frank L. Stibolt, Jr., born and raised in East Boston, died peacefully on December 31at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett following a long illness. He was 74 years old.

Frank grew up at Jeffries Point and could often be found at the Jeffries Yacht Club. It was there where Frank’s love and passion for boats and the sea was born. While at the yacht club, he became friends with the Millerick brothers, a true and genuine friendship that would last close to 70 years.

He was educated in Boston Public Schools and was a graduate of

Boston Trade School, Class of 1962. Frank’s interest in school was woodworking and carpentry. Frank was very talented and he could build anything.

In 1964, Frank enlisted in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper. His precision and meticulous work ethic kept him from going overseas. His commanding officers were so impressed with

how efficiently Frank prepared and rigged parachutes, that they insisted he teach the class.  He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1965 with the majority of his time spent at Fort Benning, Georgia.

He began a 25-year career as a rigger at the Bethlehem Steel Shipyard in East Boston until its closing. He then proudly

accepted a position as a rigger at the Charlestown Naval Yard during one of the restoration of our nation’s oldest war ships, the U.S.S. Constitution. Frank’s

working career also consisted of working at Fed Ex at Logan International Airport in the Heavy Weight Division. He was a lifetime member of the

Jeffries Yacht Club.

Frank was known as a quiet and humble man. He knew many people but held special friendships close.

He was the beloved son of the

late Frank L. Stibolt, Sr. and Mary Margaret ”Dolly” (Simpson) Stibolt; loving and devoted longtime companion of the late Susan J. “Susie” Keohane and her late mother, Josephine Keohane and her late brother, James J. “Beansie” Keohane, Jr. ; brother of Eugene Stibolt of Tennessee. He is also lovingly survived by his lifelong

surrogate brother, Gerard E. Millerick of East Boston and his brothers, Peter W.

Millerick of East Boston and Martin J. Millerick of Winthrop and the late Edward Millerick and Richard Millerick and by many friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: N.E. Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St. Boston, MA 02108. For more information: visit

Patricia Marie Doyle

October 6, 1936-December 22, 2017

Of Peabody, formerly of East Boston

Following a period of declining health, our sister, aunt and friend, Patty Doyle, passed away peacefully at Sawtelle Family Hospice in Reading.

Patty was the eldest of the six children of the late Ralph and Marion Doyle, also of East Boston. She was the beloved sister of and is survived by: James Doyle, Father Thomas Doyle, Christine Doyle-Promise and her husband, Rick, Maureen Doyle Flores, and Kathleen Doyle and her husband, Jay Lifson. Patty was aunt to Kate Florek, David Flores, and Kaitlin, Carrie and Hannah Lifson, and a most devoted great aunt to Nicholas and Samuel Florek and Jayden Lifson.

At Patty’s request, no funeral services will be held; however, she did say, “After I’m gone, you can have a party…”. So, a party celebrating and honoring Patty’s selfless life and her devotion to her family will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 17 at the Peabody Marriott, 8A Centennial Drive, Peabody.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Patty’s name can be made to Sawtelle Family Hospice, where the staff tended to her so kindly during her last days and/or to her favorite charity, the Wounded Warrior Project.

How she was loved…how she will be missed.

Charlotte Scopa

Avid bingo player

Charlotte (Forg) Scopa died in East Boston on January 2.

Charlotte will always be remembered as an avid bingo player.

The beloved wife of Pasquale “Patsy” Scopa, she was the devoted mother of Evelyn (Petrivelli) and her husband, George Portrait of Lynn, sister of Franz Forg, loving grandmother of Keith Portrait and his wife, Amy, George Portrait and his fiancée, Tiziana Stuto and Evan Portrait and great-grandmother of Lucas John Portrait.

Charlotte’s Funeral Mass was celebrated in Sacred Heart Church, East Boston on Monday, on January 8 followed by interment in the Massachusetts National Cemetery. Donations in her memory to Winthrop PACE Activities Fund, 26 Sturgis St., Winthrop 02152 would be appreciated.  Condolences to the family may sent by visiting: MagrathFuneral

Mary Louise Thompson

Of Texas, formerly of East Boston

Mary Louise (Gleeson) Thompson of Conroe, TX, formerly of East Boston, passed away on Monday, January 8. She was 82 years old.

The cherished daughter of the late Francis and Josephine (Cahill) Gleeson, she was the beloved wife of the late James Thompson, loving mother of Donna Quigley, Linda Mastrangelo, Lu-Ann Wilson and her husband, Mark and the late James Thompson; adored grandmother of Thomas, Steven, Joseph, Anthony, Nicole and Shannon; great-grandmother of Thomas, Allyssa and Aubrie and caring sister of Joanne Candelora and Edward and William Gleeson and the late Teresa McQuiggan, Katherine Gleeson, Elaine Bates and Herbert, Thomas, Francis and Joseph Gleeson.

Family and friends will honor Mary’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St. REVERE on Tuesday, January 16  from 6 to 8 p.m. and again at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church in East Boston for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in her name at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. For guestbook and directions, please visit

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